PM Modi cleans TN beach ahead of talks with Xi

Xi given warm welcome in India

Xi given warm welcome in India

"Swachh Bharat" has been a pet project of the Prime Minister ever since he came to power in 2014 and his government, especially Minister Rajyavrdhan Singh Rathore also launched the #HumFitTohIndiaFit movement. However, the Kashmir question was neither raised nor discussed by either side, according to a senior Indian government official.

Earlier on Friday, he unleashed a charm offensive on XI, taking him on a personal tour of temples and monuments in the coastal town of Mamallapuram which has historical India-China ties.PHOTOThey also had extensive talks over dinner at which Xi was treated to range of local specialties from the region.

In line with precedence set by the first summit, there was no joint statement - but both sides issued separate press releases.

Modi is not just expected to urge Xi to import more pharmaceuticals and agricultural goods from India, but is also expected to bat for enhancing the services trade between the countries, sources told ThePrint.

President Xi Jinping and PM Modi had spent more than five hours in one-on-one conversations.

It mostly revolved around economic cooperation and struggle against extremism that plagues both India and China. However, India's trade deficit is about $53.56 billion.

Gokhale said China brought up the issue of finalising RCEP during the talks.

Prime Minister Modi, dressed in a casual T-Shirt and track trousers took a walk on a beach of Mamallapuram. Xi replied, as per the Indian foreign secretary, by noting that "Indian concerns" should be addressed. They have also agreed to encourage mutual investments in identified sectors through the development of a manufacturing partnership and tasked their officials to develop this idea at the first meeting of the High-Level Economic and Trade Dialogue.

"We believe, guided by leaders from the two sides, ties between China and India would become a significant factor in defining worldwide relations in the future", the editorial added.

The Chinese President also called to "step up engagement in defence and security".

China had extended an invitation to Defence Minister Rajnath Singh to visit the country. The two leaders discussed how the bilateral interactions can be deepened to reflect the growing role of both countries on the global stage as worldwide situation is witnessing significant readjustment.

Further, there was a decision that additional confidence building measures should be negotiated, but the announcement would take place later.

China's President Xi Jinping shakes hands with India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi during their visit to Arjuna's Penance in Mamallapuram on the outskirts of Chennai, India October 11, 2019. "Strategic communication between two sides has improved".

India has asserted, including at the level of the foreign minister, that India would not be raising any additional territorial claims and that China would not be impacted. The Prime Minister said that, in the Wuhan Summit, both the countries decided not to allow any differences to become disputes and be prudently managed.

Modi said that there had been exchanges with his guest on both bilateral and global issues.